Colloques

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Every morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Colloques brings together festival-goers and the 3 companies who presented their show the night before. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange views on the way groups work and the practices of Amateur Theater in force in their country. They are moderated by  Pierre Notte (France) & Katrin Janser (Switzerland). Here is the program :

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Wednesday 18 of August 

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Thursday 19 of August

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Friday 20 of August

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Saturday 21 of August

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Sunday 22 of August

Main topics covered

Company history
Company artistic goals and objectives

Group life and organization

Creation process within the group

Cultural context in which the group operates within its country

Group relations with the National Center of aita / iata and internationally.

Workshops

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Workshop 1: Francesco Facciolli and Scilla Sticchi

Why the mask?

 

By covering the actor's facial expression, the mask forces one to return to the roots of one's own presence in the stage space. The gestures must be amplified and everything is oriented towards the body, within a process which leads the actor towards a completely new sense of his own dramatic presence.
The analysis of Movement and Improvisation give participants the body awareness and technical know-how to explore the universe of the scenic mask: fluidity in his emotions, intelligence of his instincts, attention to space and rigorous technique of the stage. articulation of gestures.

 

We don't wear the mask: we play with it!

 

The mask represents an extraordinary instrument of training for the artist since it prepares for the work of the character, which is the basis of all theatrical language and which accompanies it towards the poetic dimension of the scene. After the work on the neutral mask and the discovery of his relative situation, the actor is ready to explore the human forms in movement and thus meets the larval masks.

 

These are large masks with simple and essential shapes that come from the traditional Carnival in Basel, Switzerland. They arrived at the theater thanks to Jacques Lecoq who discovered their educational value in training in the theatrical movement.

 

It all starts in the world of larvae. The actor learns there to:

  • Simplify and amplify actions;

  • Explore the mask as a moving shape in space and find the body that animates it;

  • Explore the animalistic and fantastic side of the mask.

 

Wednesday 18/08, Thursday 19/08, Friday 20/08, Saturday 21/08, Sunday 22/08

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Workshop 2: Katrien Vanreusel

Tous ensemble!

Creating a modern chorus in a classic play.

 

Classic texts are timeless and universal. It’s no surprise that they are repeated time and time again and are part of our collective memory.

 

But can you take such a classic play as the starting point for a more open dramaturgy in which text, visual storytelling and physical play coexist as equivalent sign systems? What did the writer mean? And what would you like to express with it in the present? Which text should not be touched? And which text can you delete? What can you physically substitute for it? How could you translate meaning into visual language? In this workshop we investigate how meaning can be added to the text by using physical chorus work.

 

We will use Shakespeare's infamous confrontation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as a starting point.

 

While playing, you will be searching for movements, rhythms, gestures, group compositions,... that give rise to a refreshing and surprising view of the text.

 

Wednesday 18/08, Thursday 19/08, Friday 20/08, Saturday 21/08, Sunday 22/08